Thursday, January 19, 2012

Skatefest January 21

Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) in conjunction with their partnership with the Lake Placid Regional Winter Sports Committee will host Skatefest, on January 21 at the Empire State Plaza skating rink as part of U.S. Figure Skating’s National Skating Month.
2002 Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes and 2006 Olympian Emily Hughes will join dozens of local ice skating instructors to provide free skating instruction at the Empire State Plaza ice rink. There will be classes for those who have never skated before and those who want to hone their existing skills. Free rental skates will be available for clinic participants and free hot chocolate are part of the afternoon’s activities. Albany Devils mascot Devil Dawg and others will also be on-hand to entertain the kids. Event sponsors include SEFCU, New York Air National Guard, East Greenbush Chiropractic and NYSUT.

There are approximately 100 clinic spots available in each of the three time slots. Participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register at There will be no public skating between Noon and 4 pm, except for clinic participants.

11 am - Noon: Public skating
11:30 am: Clinic registration opens inside on the Empire State Plaza Concourse, near the entrance to the skate rental lounge
Noon - 12:30: Rink closed for cleaning
12:30 - 1 pm: Local figure skating exhibition
1:00 - 1:30 pm: First skating clinic
1:45 - 2:15 pm: Second skating clinic
2:30 - 3 pm: Third skating clinic
3 - 4 pm: Rink closed for cleaning
4 pm: Public skating resumes

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